Kate stared up at Tony in shock. "You're kidding right? Seriously, for once in my life, I am begging you to be joking!"
"Sorry Kate, it's not a joke. Although I have to admit, not even I was hoping for a date. But hey, since you want it to be one…" He grinned.
"No, we are not going on a date. I'm tempted to not even go with you." Just then Kate's phone rang. As she rushed inside to get it, Tony took the opportunity to come inside.
"Hello?" She had already picked up the phone when he walked in, so rather than arguing, she just shut the front door, then went into the kitchen and shut the door behind her, knowing where this conversation was going to go- at least on her part.
"Hey Kate!" came Abby's voice through the receiver. "How's it going?"
"Abby… You do realize you're not funny, right?" She hissed into the phone, trying to make sure Tony wouldn't hear.
"Why Kate, whatever are you talking about?" Abby asked, feigning ignorance.
"Oh you know exactly what I'm talking about. But don't worry about it because there is no way in hell I am going. Not with him. I can't believe you were so sneaky! It's not fair!"
"Well, Kate, I do seem to remember a certain someone who manipulated her best friend and her boss, then set them up on a blind date. Ring any bells?"
"Yeah, but Abby, you and Gibbs deserved each other. You needed each other. I was just trying to be a good friend."
Abby shrugged, then remembered that Kate couldn't see her. "It doesn't matter. I was only doing you a favor. Besides, you promised me you'd go."
"Yeah, but that was before I knew you had set me up with Tony." Which reminded Kate of something. "What were you going to a basketball game with Tony for anyway?"
"We were going to hang out."
"But you're not a basketball fan!" she protested.
"Nope, but Tony is my friend, and I was willing to go with him, because I know he likes basketball. But that's not the point. You should go. You'll have a blast, I promise! It's not like it has to be a date, anyway. You can hang out with him; you guys are friends."
"Um, actually…" Kate paused. "He thinks I think it is a date, because I didn't realize I had been set up, and I told him I had a date so that he'd go away…"
Abby laughed. "Seriously?"
"Yeah, yeah, I know… What am I going to do?" She groaned, thinking about how she was never going to live this down.
"You're going to go, and have a good time, and just explain you're only going as friends." She winked at Gibbs, who was listening to her side of the conversation. "Tony's reasonable; he'll get over it."
"Are we talking about the same Tony?" Kate scoffed.
"Oh come on, you have to go because you promised. I went along with your game, now you get to play mine. Pretend you don't know him yet, or something. Anyway, I've got to go. Gibbs and I have plans. Don't worry- just have fun." And with that, Abby hung up the phone, grinning.
"Yeah, right, fun…" muttered Kate to the dead line. She sighed and returned the phone to its cradle, leaving the kitchen and entering the living room, where Tony was examining her family photos.
"Come on, we're leaving," she told him as she walked out the front door, not bothering to wait for him or even look to see if he was following her. She waited impatiently for him to leave her house before shutting the door with an irritated slam, and locking it.